Stunt Coordinator & Second Unit Director Simon Crane on 'Hot Wheels'
by Ethan Anderton
October 18, 2013
After working as a stunt coordinator and being considered one of the best second unit directors in town, Simon Crane is finally making his feature directorial debut with Legendary Entertainment's adaptation of Mattel's miniature car toyline Hot Wheels. The project has been developing since 2011, and still seems like one of those terrible established intellectual property deals with a studio trying to make a cash grab with a recognizable brand name. Directors like McG and writers like Cormac Wibberly (National Treasure) and John Gatins (Real Steel) tried to crack it, but to no avail. So it's no surprise that it will mark Crane's debut.
That's not to say Crane isn't a talented man behind the camera. After all, the trade says he's "one the premier second-unit directors in the business" working on films like World War Z, Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Troy (was he also around to film Brad Pitt being born?). THR says Crane also beat out 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo for the job. The version of the script moving forward comes from Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, so maybe this won't turn out as poorly as we fear. The story follows a washed-up Illinois State Trooper who, after a dangerous military device falls into the hands of a criminal, fights the man his father once put behind bars. Sounds like your typical action thriller. Stay tuned for more.